Keiji Ashizawa provides Blue Bottle Espresso store to Kobe division retailer

Japanese studio Keiji Ashizawa Design has created the inside of the Blue Bottle Espresso store in Kobe’s Hankyu division retailer, profiting from its show home windows to attach the cafe with the road outdoors.

The 173-square-metre cafe, which shares the division retailer’s floor ground with a lot of attire manufacturers, has 5 massive show home windows.

To open the espresso store up in direction of the road, designer Keiji Ashizawa turned one of many home windows right into a take-out counter.

One show window was changed into a take-out counter

The remaining window niches had been stuffed with blue built-in seating, making a splash of color among the many picket furnishings.

Contained in the cafe, square-shaped and rectangular furnishings nods to the graphic look of the facade and is contrasted by spherical tables and huge round ceiling lights.

“The furnishings is principally fabricated from home wooden in collaboration with the Japanese furnishings producer Karimoku, who makes a speciality of working with oak wooden,” Ashizawa informed Dezeen.

Interior of Hankyu Blue Bottle Coffee shop
Picket furnishings and terrazzo tabletops had been used for the inside

The studio additionally combined in terrazzo amongst the picket furnishings to present the cafe a welcoming really feel.

“By inserting a big terrazzo tabletop with positive textures created by mixing grounded glass into the fabric, it provides to the mushy and welcoming ambiance that identifies Blue Bottle Espresso and their hospitality,” Ashizawa stated.

“It’s also used for the low espresso desk surrounded by the sofas, creating a way of concord and class all through the house of the cafe,” he added.

Whereas the studio was unable to vary the fabric of the prevailing tough concrete ground, the division retailer allowed it to create a discrete demarcation by sprucing the ground beneath the central tables.

Terrazzo table inside Blue Bottle Coffee shop
Round pendant lights had been constituted of uncooked aluminium

Giant disc-shaped pendant lights add a way of drama to the espresso store’s pared-back design.

“With the thought of making a excessive ceiling throughout the house, the pendant lights had been constituted of uncooked aluminum to enhance the economic buildings,” Ashizawa stated.

“Six pendant lights are positioned within the central house at equal distances in three zones, creating a way of rhythm and spatial steadiness.”

Polished concrete floor in Blue Bottle Coffee shop
The concrete ground was polished in a part of the cafe

The picket furnishings contained in the Blue Bottle Coffe Hankyu cafe has primarily been saved in its pure color, however Ashizawa added vibrant color to a few of the wooden.

“Within the house with concrete buildings, the yellow colour was added to steadiness the mixture of wooden and concrete, and the blue colour was positioned as a distinction,” he stated.

“We additionally designed the house to slot in with the attire manufacturers that share the bottom ground.”

Colourful shelving in Kobe cafe
Cabinets had been painted a vibrant yellow

Ashizawa has beforehand created a lot of cafes for the Blue Bottle Espresso firm, together with a Shanghai retailer embellished with conventional Chinese language roof tiles and a Tokyo outpost with a volcanic-ash counter.

The images is by Tomooki Kengaku.

Challenge credit:

Architect: Keiji Ashizawa Design
Challenge architect: Keiji Ashizawa, Tomohiko Fujishita, Masaru Kiotya
Building: Tank
Design supervision: Miyachi Workplace/Kunihiko Miyachi
Lighting design: Aurora/Yoshiki Ichikawa
Furnishings: Karimoku Case Research/Ichinomaki Laboratory by Karimoku
Steel works: Tremendous Robotic